FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2013 Toronto based contemporary jazz guitarist and composer Harley Card releases Hedgerow, his second independent CD as a bandleader.
A follow up to Card’s 2008 debut Non-Fiction, Hedgrerow introduces ten of his new compositions, featuring stunning performances by some of Canada’s top emerging jazz musicians.
On Hedgerow, Card employs many of his long time collaborators – all well known leaders and sidemen in their own right – in quintet, quartet, and trio settings. Drawing from years of live performance experience, the recording showcases new heights of expression and group improvisation from Card and his colleagues. Card demonstrates the versatility of his idiosyncratic voice both on acoustic and electric guitars.
From the frenetic Get There, to Flash Card Etude No.1’s infectious swing; and to introspective, unfolding compositions like Sophomore and Coalescence, Hedgerow is packed with elegant writing and contemporary ensemble playing of the highest order.
Harley’s skills as arranger and producer ring through as he calls upon a range of disparate sonic influences to achieve a cohesive musical whole. Throughout the recording, a vast array of textures and moods are tied together by strong melodic themes, rich harmonic landscapes, and the encompassing vision of a masterwork.
The Harley Card Quintet to present a series of CD release concerts in October 2013
Thursday Oct. 17th- Resonance Cafe- Montreal, QC (5175A Avenue du Parc)
Friday Oct. 18th- Options Jazz Lounge- Brookstreet Hotel- Ottawa, ON (525 Legget Dr.)
Saturday Oct. 19th- Kingston Jazz Society- Kingston, ON(www.kingstonjazz.ca for info)
Sunday Oct. 20th- The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar- Toronto, ON (194 Queen St W)
Harley Card- guitar
David French- saxophone
Matt Newton- piano
Jon Maharaj- bass
Fabio Ragnelli- drums
“Card’s musical sensibility is fully formed and urbane. His writing reflects a sense of history and is therefore worldly wise.” – Raul d’Gama Rose- All About Jazz
Harley Card is a Toronto based guitarist, composer, and freelance musician. In addition to leading his own groups and being an active sideman, Harley is a member of the Toronto groups Hobson’s Choice, God’s Gift To Yoda, and Stoptime. Each ensemble has performed extensively in Canada and released multiple recordings. Hobson’s Choice’s recent Barnyard Records release; “Of The Waves”,(www.barnyardrecords.com) was premiered at The 2012 TD Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival.
A mainstay on CBC radio since it’s 2008 release, Harley’s debut CD; “Non-Fiction” has received praise from critics, presenters, and musicians alike. Harley was also a semi finalist in the 2008 Montreux Jazz Festival Guitar Competition.
Contact: Harley Card (416) 823-1695 firstname.lastname@example.org